Bamboo is rapidly growing in popularity as an eco friendly flooring material...and for good reason!
Not only is bamboo an extremely durable renewable resource, but eco bamboo flooring is available in a variety of colors and grains and is manufactured in solid, woven, and engineered versions.
As an added bonus, it is often less expensive than hardwoods flooring. It can be installed above grade or below grade. Bamboo is also an excellent flooring material to use over radiant heat.
Some bamboo products have added formaldehyde, so check to make sure yours doesn't. Bamboo costs and quality do vary widely. The Forest Stewardship Council certifies bamboo, so be sure to look for their certification to avoid purchasing bamboo from sources that have been harvested un-sustainably.
Bamboo is an eco friendly material for several reasons. Most importantly, bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource-the trees grow to adulthood in seven years or less (compared to several decades for other hardwoods).
Bamboo flooring is made from a different species of bamboo than the kind pandas prefer to eat, so there is no conflict between harvesting bamboo and endangered bamboo habitat.
Bamboo has a natural resistance to moisture and mildew, allowing it to last longer than many flooring materials.
Using this abundant alternative resource prevents valuable hardwood forests, which usually take 35-45 years to grow, from being harmed unnecessarily. As flooring options, eco cork flooring and bamboo are both durable, sustainable and beautiful.
It is possible to wax bamboo floors, but it is both unnecessary and a lot of work! Simply vacuum or damp mop them as needed.
For difficult spots, clean with an ammonia and water solution or an eco-friendly citrus based solvent.
There is a wide variety in appearance of bamboo flooring, from whitish to tiger striped to nearly black. Shop around to find the look best for your home.
Here is a list of some of the largest and best-known manufacturers of eco-friendly bamboo flooring for you to select from:
Soon, I'll list all of the coupons and discounts that are available for eco bamboo flooring as well!
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